WP7 "Mango" update: everything to know

After a lot of waiting and anticipation, the next big revision of Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system, Windows Phone 7.5 codenamed “Mango” is finally here for most users. Updates to Windows Phone devices should be rolling out across carriers worldwide in the upcoming days, so we’re letting you know what is in store if you have a Windows phone device.

Release Schedule

Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” has been released officially today by Microsoft, and the vast majority of carriers are delivering the update right now. We have compiled a list below of all carriers receiving the update now, and those that are slightly behind in their rollouts - keep in mind that this list may change over time as new information arises, and check the Where's my phone update? page for further developments.

If your carrier/device has received the Mango update but isn’t listed below, please comment to let us know.

Carriers delivering Mango

  • AT&T (with exceptions)
  • T-Mobile
  • Verizon
  • Sprint
  • Bell Canada
  • Sasktel
  • Rogers
  • Telus
  • Three/Hutchison Group
  • Vodafone
  • Orange
  • O2
  • Deutsche Telekom
  • Telstra
  • Optus
  • SFR
  • Ericom
  • eMobile
  • Telecom Italia
  • Telcel
  • SingTel
  • Starhub
  • Open Market Phones (without a carrier)

Delayed Mango rollouts

To update to WP7 Mango (build 7.10.7720.68) from a public build you must have the previous public NoDo (7.0.7392.0) update installed; for developers running the beta builds of Mango you should be able to upgrade after you install the Friends and Family update. The download will be available through your device in conjunction with the Zune PC software.

If you are too earger to wait for Mango on your device, you can force it to update. Check out this handy guide to know what to do.

Features

Several months ago Microsoft mentioned that the Mango update will be bringing over 500 new features to the smartphone platform. Many of these features are minor and not worth mentioning, but of course there are several major features that will improve the overall Windows Phone 7 experience.

First off, the WP7 browser gets an upgrade to Internet Explorer 9, along with HTML5 support and GPU hardware acceleration. Bing features will also get an upgrade including Bing Vision, search by voice and Music Search so you can search by other media than just text.

Multitasking is another hotly anticipated feature for Mango. Through a simple update for apps on the developer’s side, users can run apps in the background and easily hot-swap between them with ease. Live Tiles also get an update for easier dynamic content retrieval without needing apps to be open.

The People app also sees a massive overhaul, with the inclusion of full Twitter and LinkedIn integration, Windows Live Messenger Chat and Messages for easy instant messaging in the one conversation and Facebook check-ins and Chat. Hands-free messaging will be available thanks to speech-to-text and a linked inbox will be included to combine email accounts and give a conversation view.

Other major apps to receive upgrades will be the Marketplace (for better navigation), the Office Hub (for SkyDrive and Office 365 support), the Games Hub (revamped), Bing Maps (turn-by-turn navigation) and support for custom ringtones in the settings. Support for more languages will also be included.

On the hardware side, Mango brings support for front-facing cameras, and while no first-generation WP7 devices have this feature, future devices (listed below) such as the HTC Radar will bring support.

Stay tuned for Neowin's full Windows Phone 7 Mango review, which should be coming soon.

Upcoming WP7 Mango Devices

There are also several upcoming devices that will be powered by Windows Phone 7 “Mango.” If you’re still unsure about buying a device, then perhaps check the list below to see if any of the upcoming WP7 devices takes your fancy; their respective release dates are also included.

HTC
HTC RadarEarly October
HTC TitanEarly October

Samsung
Samsung Omnia WLate October
Samsung Focus S“Fall”
Samsung Focus FlashConfirmed for AT&T, unknown release

Nokia
Nokia “Sea Ray”Unconfirmed device, Q4 release possible

Acer
Acer W4 – October

ZTE
ZTE TaniaConfirmed, unknown release

The Future

The Mango upgrade is certainly not the end of the Windows Phone 7 story, in fact there are two rumored upgrades still in the works. The first is Windows Phone 7 "Tango", the immediate successor to Mango that is supposed to be a minor update, possibly to enable Microsoft to expand the realms of Windows Phone into developing markets and onto lower-end devices to compete with Android. Not much else is known about this update at this stage.

Even less is known about the second update, codenamed at this stage to be "Apollo." Currently rumor has it that Apollo will be Windows Phone 8 with a rough release date of 2012 alongside Windows 8.

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So "Mango" gets a fully detailed story, including carriers that say they will get and release the update, carriers that arent sure or have been delayed, while Android gets nothing of this sort?

htcz said,
So "Mango" gets a fully detailed story, including carriers that say they will get and release the update, carriers that arent sure or have been delayed, while Android gets nothing of this sort?

That might have something to do with Android's ****ed up system of updating, where Google, the phone OEM, and the carrier ALL have to agree to update a given phone. For example, even though HTC Desires in Europe have been shipping with 2.3 for ages now, the two main carriers of the phone in the US only released the 2.2 update a few months back, and don't even have any info on if or when they will update them to 2.3. So even though Google and HTC have updated the phone (with the cooperation of carriers in other countries), people in the US are screwed unless they want to (and are able to) root their phone.

roadwarrior said,

That might have something to do with Android's ****ed up system of updating, where Google, the phone OEM, and the carrier ALL have to agree to update a given phone. For example, even though HTC Desires in Europe have been shipping with 2.3 for ages now, the two main carriers of the phone in the US only released the 2.2 update a few months back, and don't even have any info on if or when they will update them to 2.3. So even though Google and HTC have updated the phone (with the cooperation of carriers in other countries), people in the US are screwed unless they want to (and are able to) root their phone.

Carriers announce when (more or less) their going to update their phones. Why isnt there a story when that happens?

I'm so happy that MS got carriers involved BEFORE announcing a date.
That said, Mango cannot arrive soon enough.
Microsoft NEED to beat Apple's whatever announcement in October.

Also super stoked that we can update developer preview phones to retail 7.5 without restoring to NoDo!

Microsoft and Google should keep food as code names, then carriers can create "What's your flavor" campaigns that encompass Apple,Blackberry,IceCreamSandwich,Mango!

"over 500 new features", "Many of these features are minor and not worth mentioning "..

Many or majority, are minor ?

Still waiting to see a list of those 500 NEW (not updated/upgraded) features.

alexalex said,
"over 500 new features", "Many of these features are minor and not worth mentioning "..

Many or majority, are minor ?

Still waiting to see a list of those 500 NEW (not updated/upgraded) features.

Many are dev features, so they'll result in better apps, but there won't be a new button for it

/Things like fast app resume and background tasks

alexalex said,
"over 500 new features", "Many of these features are minor and not worth mentioning "..

Many or majority, are minor ?

Still waiting to see a list of those 500 NEW (not updated/upgraded) features.

Most of the features for end users are new, name another phone that integrates with Facebook, Twitter AND Linked In as well as Windows Live?

How about Threads in the messaging app, name another phone that allows you to carry on the same conversation across Windows Live, Facebook Chat and Text Message using the same integrated application?

Those are just two of them, I bet you can't name another mobile OS that can do all that natively.

Edited by neo158, Sep 27 2011, 3:14pm :

neo158 said,

Most of the features for end users are new, name another phone that integrates with Facebook, Twitter AND Linked In as well as Windows Live?

How about Threads in the messaging app, name another phone that allows you to carry on the same conversation across Windows Live, Facebook Chat and Text Message using the same integrated application?

Those are just two of them, I bet you can't name another mobile OS that can do all that natively.

Did I mention another mobile OS ? Why promote WP7 as bringing
500 new features when 490 are not for the end user ?

alexalex said,

Did I mention another mobile OS ? Why promote WP7 as bringing
500 new features when 490 are not for the end user ?

Because they can still benefit the end user?

alexalex said,
"over 500 new features", "

Many of the 500 features are new developer APIs.
The potential for app diversity increases exponentially by adding new developer APIs.

alexalex said,
"over 500 new features", "Many of these features are minor and not worth mentioning "..

Many or majority, are minor ?

Still waiting to see a list of those 500 NEW (not updated/upgraded) features.

What, were you expecting 500 new hubs?

A new feature being added to an existing section of an app is still a new feature... Kind of common understanding / practice there...

alexalex said,
"over 500 new features", "Many of these features are minor and not worth mentioning "..

Many or majority, are minor ?

Still waiting to see a list of those 500 NEW (not updated/upgraded) features.

They're just doing it the Apple way. For example, move button by 1 pixel, NEW FEATURE!!!1

Although Mango was actually a huuuuuge update for both consumers and developers, unlike iOS 3/4/5.

markizvonschnitzel said,
what about unlocked devices?

Those are the "Open Market Phones" mentioned in the article

I want it!

but i guess i will have to try later. just like when you call those tv shows and they are like "oh im sorry you are wrong, but you can keep calling and see if you can try it again!" i feel dissapointed like that, when i plugged my phone and it didn't find any update.

I got the update... so happy, but at the same time.... disappointed

I thought there would be an option to manually set up MMS, because the only app available (Connection Setup) does not work for me.

I have just done the disconnect hack on zune for an O2 HTC HD7 and I am loving the update. Sometime next week I am going to have a drive around with scout and see my local sights and sounds. Good one MS.

Stup0t said,
I have just done the disconnect hack on zune for an O2 HTC HD7 and I am loving the update. Sometime next week I am going to have a drive around with scout and see my local sights and sounds. Good one MS.

I did the same with my Samsung Omnia 7, loving the new features

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